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French home front 1914-1918 (Legacy : Legacy of the Great War - Patrick Fridenson

French home front 1914-1918 (Legacy

Legacy of the Great War

Paperback Published: 1st June 1993
ISBN: 9780854967704
Number Of Pages: 336

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In this exceptional study, the author goes beyond the sphere of party politics to explore the industrial aspects of French wartime history. During the First World War, French citizens accepted national union on the home front as a necessary act of self-defence, but not without a considerable degree of ambivalence. At the political level, this union altered the balance of forces by improving the position of the Right, destroying the identity of the Radical party and creating the means by which the Socialist party first had access to power. However, what makes this study exceptionally important is that beyond the sphere of party politics it also deals with the industrial aspects of French wartime history. Industrial mobilisation was the force behind the union sacre, but it also concealed deep conflicts of interest. While businessmen developed large corporations, new industries and scientific management, and reulctantly cooperated with an ever-expanding state, rank-and-file workers accepted concepts of productivism but rejected the sacrifices imposed upon them. Their complaints eventually surfaced in the form of open resistance. The subsequent attempt on the part of management to repress the worker's movement led to a stalemate on the home front at the end of the war.

'The translation of the collective work by Fridenson is, in fact, part of a new series dedicated to the 'Legacy of the Great War' published by Berg...That series has already produced translations of excellent works on the war, such as Stephane Audoin-Rouzeau's Men at War 1914-18 (1993) and Antoine Prost's In the Wake of War (1992).' The International History Review "Another in Berg's fine series entitled "The Legacy of the Great War", this translation offers ten essays adeptly selected to cover the breadth of the French experience. [...] ...the essays provide an important window on a society which, more than most, was consumed by the Great War." Canadian Military History

Introduction: A New View of France at Warp. 1
L'Union Sacree
"That's the Death Knell of Our Boys..."p. 17
The Radical Socialist Party During the First World Warp. 37
Mobilizing the Nation
Industrial Mobilization in 1914-1918: Production, Planning, and Ideologyp. 57
Albert Thomas and the War Industriesp. 89
Employers at War
Gnome et Rhone. An Aviation Engine Firm in the First World Warp. 135
The Calcium Carbide Case and the Decriminalization of Industrial Ententes in France, 1915-26p. 153
Gender, Class, and Nation
The Female Munition Workers of the Seinep. 183
Shop Stewards at Renaultp. 219
The Politics of Daily Life
The Comite d'Action (CGT-Parti Socialiste) and the Origins of Wartime Labor Reformismp. 241
Cooperatives and the Labor Movement in Paris during the Great Warp. 280
Notes on Contributorsp. 317
Indexp. 319
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ISBN: 9780854967704
ISBN-10: 0854967702
Series: Legacy of the Great War
Audience: BAC
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 1st June 1993
Publisher: BERG PUBL INC
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.8  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.39
Edition Number: 1